Metuh Fires Journalist For Misleading And Malicious Reports
SAN FRANCISCO, March 08, (THEWILL) – Barr. Emeka Etiaba (SAN), counsel to the spokesman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh, has denied reports in local media (Not THEWILL) that he was in the Federal High Court Abuja on Monday, March 7, 2016 to show support for the former Chief of Defence Staff, retired Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh.
“This is false, mischievous and contrived to mislead the public and undermine the reputation of our client,” he declared in the statement signed by Etiaba.
“Let us state, for the record, that Chief Metuh was in court on the day in question, being the adjourned date for the civil suit he filed against his unlawful detention by the EFCC.
“It was purely coincidental that the former CDS was also being arraigned in the same courtroom on that day. This explains our client’s presence in the same courtroom with the former CDS.
“Our client was in court with his lawyers and his case was heard in the open court, as witnessed by the public and journalists wherein Justice Abang deferred the judgment to Wednesday March 9, 2016.
“It is therefore baffling and disappointing that the Punch correspondent, being fully aware of the foregoing facts, went beyond his brief and the ethics of his profession to invent and publish distortions against our client.
“We are persuaded that this is a deliberate delivery by a procured agent, designed to cause harm to our client and misrepresent him in the minds of the public.”
Etiaba also revealed that the EFCC recanted its earlier false claim that Chief Metuh ate his written statement at the EFCC office urging Nigerians to note the mischief directed at him, using a section of the media, in the bid to paint him in bad light and possibly derail the course of justice.
Story by David Oputah